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Isabella Rockwell's War

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Raised in 1820’s India, twelve year old Isabella Rockwell can ride and shoot as well as any of the soldiers in her father’s regiment. These skills, however, are of no use to her when she finds herself on the frozen streets of London, orphaned and alone.
Tormented by guilt over the deaths of those who loved her, she vows never to be responsible for anyone’s life again. If sh...more
Paperback, First, 288 pages
Published August 23rd 2012 by Hannah Parry (first published August 17th 2012)
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Isabella Rockwell's War by Hannah Parry stars Isabella who is a courageous twelve year old in a bad position. She lives in India but because of terrible circumstances, she is forced to leave by herself to go to England, a cold, harsh place she's never known. Her choices as she arrives are thus: either become a street runaway and have independence or stick around and be sent to an orphanage where she'd work as a servant. She dec...more
Short and Sweet:
I absolutely adored this! Bursting with beautiful writing and insanely lovable characters, Isabella Rockwell's War is perfect for anyone who enjoys historical middle grade! I desperately want to read more from this author.

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When news of her beloved father's death reaches her, Isabella is determined to go find his missing body. Soon after she leaves, she gets more news that the kind woman who was like a mother to her died as well, and Isabella is sent from her home...more
Carol Nicolas
I received this book from the author and have done an honest review. Isabella Rockwell is only twelve years old when her life falls apart. Her parents are dead, her beloved caretaker dies of cholera, and she is sent away from India, where she has lived all her life, to live in cold, wet London, with no friends and no money. She is able to survive only because of all the unusual skills she has acquired in her short life, and because she has the ability to make good friends. In her efforts to stay...more
Michael Gallagher
Deliciously improbable serendipity
I can’t wait to read this delicious tale full of improbable twists and turns to my grandchildren when they visit next time. The main character, Isabella, cavorts through the plot making plausible decisions often based on her late father’s advice. Cast on to the streets of London, after having been orphaned in her homeland, India, Isabella uses her cultural smarts to build a life for herself. Demonstrating the riding skills of an adult soldier, she rescues Prince...more
Christy Reed
It was all right. It wasn't my favorite book, but Ms. Parry had an interesting concept. I felt like the book needed better editing, the writing style wasn't quite to my taste, and the plot didn't seem realistic to the time period, but it was a fun book to read, and it kept me interested. I felt she did a good job in researching the British royal family at the time, though I was confused that the book stated it took place in 1820 while the royal family cast would not have actually been such until...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Isabella is devastated when her father disappears on a regimental mission in India. She lives in India and loves the culture. By many she is considered a native, and likes to think of herself that way also.

She is shipped off to England after a failed attempt to find her father. She is to learn a trade in as some sort of a servant, but she doesn't go along with the plan. Almost immediately she runs away after setting feet in England. She finds refuge with street children and learns a new way of l...more
Isabella Rockwell’s War is a novel that was submitted to me for review from the author and it was a very surprising and fun read. The characters were all solid and real, Sophie is an inspirational heroine, who I would indeed love to meet. The most important thing about this novel is the strong message about survival and the motivation that even in the harshest of times you can go on and turn your life around. For a children’s novel this is spectacular and very enjoyable. Even adults will adore r...more
May 17, 2013 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Recommendations
Shelves: teen, adventure, mystery
"Isabella Rockwell's War" begins in India in the 1820's. It's the story of a young girl who is sent to England by her father's commanding officer after his death. Acquiring no money from her father's pension and sensing animosity from the orphanage's custodians Isabella Rockwell escapes to the streets of London where she's adopted into a family of destitute children and earns a living performing in the market. When she rescues, a royal named Alix near the palace, her life changes but a mystery w...more
** I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. This in no way affects my review. **

India 1820 – Isabella, 12 years old, finds herself orphaned and alone after hearing the news of her father’s death. She’s shipped off to London to work until she can claim the money that’s rightfully hers when she turns sixteen. Things, however, are not as they seem.

Let me start by saying that I loved Isabella. For a 12 year old, she was so mature, independent and strong. I noticed early on in the book...more
Tiffa (TheBritishBookNerd)
May 13, 2013 Tiffa (TheBritishBookNerd) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Historical Fiction
Recommended to Tiffa by: The Author
I was sent a paperback copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was contacted by Hannah Parry, the author of Isabella Rockwell’s War, asking if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her novel. At first I was a little hesitant, mainly because; if any of you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of Historical Fiction. I’ve never really been sure of the reason why this is - I find that I’m not a fan of films that are set back in time either. However,...more
I finished this in a day....a young girl finds herself orphaned and sent from the only home she's known in India back to London. She was told she would be trained in a skill and when she turns 16 she can return to India and collect her father's military pension.
After an 8 week journey on a ship, she overhears that there will be no pension nor training and she decides to run away. She ends up on the streets of London as one of the many starving orphans and eventually becomes part of a "family" ma...more
Sarez Tomoan
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. I found this book an easy read full of intrigue, mystery and a plot that i couldn't get to the bottom of. It was well written and is well suited to a young teen audience. For me it lacked the feel of an historical novel but still hit the mark. I loved the strength and resilience of the characters especially Zach and Isabella and I really felt for the situations they had found themselves in. The author did a good job in writing a book where I...more
Of all the free books I won, I have actually finished reading this one so that says a lot! It was by no means terribly insightful but it was entertaining and I stayed up all night to finish it. I was a little disappointed by the ending, I thought it was too predictable and not enough follow through or closure. Also, the "heroine" starts off as a bad ass shooting a gun and trekking in the desert so I think I expected more of her throughout the book than we actually got.
Amanda Nevarez
I won this book through Goodreads, I recommend it to people who like the Bloody Jack books by L.A Meyer. Loved this book, it reminded me of The Secret Garden, The Little Princess and The Bloody Jack books all smashed into one. It was full of action, adventure and suspense. I did notice a few words misspelled but I am not sure if the author did that on purpose. I am curious if there is a book two.
Claire Gibson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am passionate about historical novels and the picture that Hannah Parry paints of Victorian life is vivid and colourful. While the book is aimed at teenagers, I still loved it and couldn't put it down. The plot was interesting and kept me hooked until the very end. I'm looking forward to reading Hannah's next book!
Babus Ahmed
I loved this magical historical tale told about a young girl who is sent back to England from British India after her father is presumed dead. Having only ever thought of India as her home Isabella embarks on quite an adventure to find her way back there.

Finding herself embroiled in a royal mystery, will Isabella make it home?
J Simpson
This is a great read and a real page turner. The plot is believable and the descriptions convincing. There is variety in the various characters, making the book appeal to a wide audience. The many twists result in a strong climax leaving you wanting more; I’m really looking forward to the sequel!
Sylvia Merrony
I read this book after rescuing it from my husband and i really enjoyed it. I felt as though i were actually there, Once i had started i found it hard to put down it was brilliant.
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this. Review to come.
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Hannah Parry was born in the United States, but grew up in the United Kingdom. She completed the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck in 2011. Her short stories for adults, ‘The Chrysalis’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’, have both been published, and her first novel Isabella Rockwell’s War won first prize in the 12+ fiction category at the Winchester Writers Conference in June 2012. She lives in a field...more
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